The Griffin

Evaluating political apathy

Evaluating political apathy

Maria Eberhart and Anna Mason

October 31, 2018


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Economics teacher Lynda Motiram was not surprised by students’ apparent lack of political awareness. “They don’t see their congressman, they don’t know what legislation affects their lives, or what’s up to debate,” Motiram said. “The government is not for teenagers.” In a spot survey...

ALICE: new strategy unnerves

ALICE: new strategy unnerves

Olivia Summons, Editor-in-Chief

October 31, 2018


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While students kicked back and relaxed over the summer, teachers prepared for the possibility of an emergency situation with ALICE. The acronym stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate, and is the latest protocol and lockdown method in case of a crisis scenario. English teacher Meekah...

Schoology: teachers adapt

October 31, 2018


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While “creative, accessible, innovative and intuitive” are the words that have been fed to teachers and students about Schoology, stakeholders have endured their fair share of qualms. Since the introduction of Schoology, which has been fully implemented in Baltimore County Public Schools since the...

Second language learners lack necessary support

Anna Boland and Ankith Hiremath

October 31, 2018


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Dulaney students learning English as a second language find themselves caught between two less-than-ideal options: they can either attend Parkville High, an unfamiliar school with a specialized language program, or stay at Dulaney, their home school that lacks sufficient resources to support them. While...

Teachers grapple with finances

Rochelle Shubinsky and Madelyn Essig

October 31, 2018


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Faculty and staff received a seven-question survey Sept. 7 regarding the sudden decline in teacher retention. The influx of teacher truancy has been associated with factors such as salary and workload. Spanish teacher Maureen Burke expressed her discontent with the current teacher income. “The...

Words with Wynkoop

Maria Eberhart, Editor-in-Chief

October 31, 2018


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Q: What’s your initial outlook for this school year with the implementation of new policy and foreboding change? A: I would definitely identify it as a year of transition. The good news is that the transitions aren’t unprecedented. For example, the establishment of the computers- they’ve been...

Revamped science curriculum introduced

Emma Shannon, Staff Writer

May 29, 2018


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To kick off the new science curriculum, half of next year’s student body will be walking through the front doors to an entirely different set of science classes. Maryland has approved a new state curriculum called the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), with an emphasis on crosscutting concepts,...

Assessing seniors’ college preparedness

Anna Mason, Editor-in-Chief

May 29, 2018


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Senior Amanda Molino disagrees with the findings that just 42 percent of all seniors here feel prepared for college-style classes. “I feel pretty prepared,” Molino said. “I don’t anticipate college classes to be that much different from the classes we’re taking now. Especially for people...

Sequel celebrates 30th edition

Sequel celebrates 30th edition

Audrey Bartholomew, Staff Writer

May 29, 2018


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This school year marks the 30th print edition of Sequel, Dulaney’s creative arts magazine, which began in 1988 and has since earned prestigious awards including the Student Work Crown Award from Columbia Scholastic Press Association for the 2016-2017 edition. Class adviser, Meekah Hopkins, began teac...

Despite progress, stigma persists

Despite progress, stigma persists

Dorrie Gaeng, Maria Eberhart, and Emlyn Langlieb

May 29, 2018


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For an anonymous senior, openly discussing mental health has proved to be beneficial in combatting anxiety. “Luckily I grew up in a family where there was no stigma surrounding mental health. It was okay to be not okay. But in other families, this can be frowned upon, which is where things get hard,”...

Dance’s past ethics violations unsettles teachers

Dance’s past ethics violations unsettles teachers

Maria Eberhart, Editor-in-Chief

April 5, 2018


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Abruptly announcing his resignation 11 months ago, former Baltimore County Public School Superintendent Dallas Dance pleaded guilty to four counts of perjury March 8 for failing to disclose payments totaling $147,000 from consulting work and speaking engagements. Business teacher Pat Holt was alarmed...

Too juul for school: habit spreads

Dorrie Gaeng, Editor-in-Chief

April 5, 2018


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Vaping and juuling have become a social phenomenon, characterizing student activity both in and outside of school. According to an anonymous pen-and-paper survey of 241 students in select English classes, 32 percent of the student body has tried vaping or juuling. “I started juuling when my friend...